What Sells A House Information

What sells a house information, coupled with keywords and preferred design styles, qualifies as essential information for buyers and sellers alike that find themselves in today’s housing market.

Updated for striking while the housing market iron is hot sake, the purpose of this post is to provide relevant, useful and informative information.


A quick walk around our neighborhood confirms what those in the real estate biz know; the market is flush with houses listed for sale, and said houses are indeed selling.

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In the last three weeks, four houses on the street next to ours hit the market.

Under contract and/or sold signs pop up in no time, and as of this past Sunday three of the four houses are being moved into.

What Sells A House Information

The online real-estate marketplace Point2Homes conducted an in depth study of listing keywords most used in the real estate listings market.

Once considered a bonus luxury, multi function outdoor living spaces have moved into the must have outdoor home feature column.

Top used keywords in listing descriptions throughout the entire database of listings, price points, and the 65 million words analyzed in the study come should come as no surprise.








Covered patio

French country patio photo in Atlanta AMY D MORRIS INTERIORS Houzz

Amy D. Morris Interiors

The National Association of Home Builders report, What Home Buyers Really Want, shows a walk-in pantry as the most desired feature by prospective first-and second-time home owners, with 91% of buyers choosing separate laundry room as the top amenity.


Humphrey Munson – Photo by Paul Craig

In the Domino feature, How to Pull Off Faux Laundry Room Built-Ins for Less Than $400, DIY blogger Ursula Carmona shows us how she takes her laundry room from outdated to updated chic.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOME MADE BY CARMONA-laundry-room-renovation-domino

In regards to the features and amenities you seek, decide early on in the process what is a deal maker and what is a deal breaker and go from there.


House & Garden – Photo by Michael Sinclair

A design to function trade off may be one you’ll be required to make.


If the property has no walk- in pantry, but offers plenty of cabinets and perhaps a pantry closet to accommodate the need, consider incorporating a piece of furniture such as this European wardrobe into the kitchen or space adjacent to satisfy the need vs. want portion of the home buyers show.


European Painted Wardrobe with Egg and Dart Cornice

Money well spent on the primary spaces and places in the home produces a huge return.

Home improvement is just that- home improvement.

It is not difficult to discern what features and design styles are in demand, trending, and able to be implemented at a project and budget level you are comfortable with.

I find the results of the dream wedding vs. dream home down payment report conducted by Homes.com a very enlightening read.

The price point the report works with is a $20,000.00 wedding.

Projected cost per couple for a 2021 wedding comes in at $22,500.

When you compare that to the average home down payment of 6% with a national median home price of $346,800, the math is in the neighborhood of $21,000.

Results of the dream wedding vs. dream home down payment report showed out of the 1,200 people surveyed, 81% would rather put money toward a down payment instead of an all the bells and whistles wedding celebration.


Reception venues can be an expensive part of the wedding ceremony after party plan, costing $10 -11,000.00 or even more in most cases.

That’s a lot of cheddar for a few hours of party fun.

Now price compare that to the addition of a nice-stylish-high performance kitchen island that is a great choice of utilize now/resale value later feature to go with.

Consider the fee of a wedding planner (approximately $1500.00).

Now consider that the price of a kitchen backsplash will run you about the same amount of money.


Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Edmund Barr

Listed below is a sampling of the features and amenities used by agents over the last couple of years that remain applicable in the current market.

Granite countertops

Hardwood floors

Open floor plan

open floor plan Michael Robert Construction

Michael Robert Construction

Fenced backyard

Covered patio

New roof

Natural light

Top Searched Interior Design Styles in the U.S. for 2020:

Modern Farmhouse rates popular in Arkansas, District of Columbia, Idaho, Maine, Montana and South Dakota.

Lococo Architecture

Lococo Architecture

I certainly can see why if it’s based on this stunning design and interior by Lococo Architecture that gorgeously answers yes to the question, “does the modern farmhouse decor style have staying power?”


Domino – Photography by Nathan Kirkman & Anna Knott

Cottagecore is in the top position in popularity in Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Vintage art

Delicate tones

Crocheted and lace accessories

Romantic ambiance


The popularity of the cottagecore aesthetic thrives during these pandemic stay-at-home times as cozy has become a pampering priority.


 Phoebe Howard

French Country is the top trend in New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Industrial places first in top search interior design styles in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Nevada.

Penthouse Industrial Loft

JAB Design Group

On-trend decorating styles

Specific features

Must-have amenities

Bear in mind what sells a house information, keywords, and decorating trends serve as a barometer of the features and styles we’re most in the market for.

Key to entering into the buying and/or selling process is an informed understanding of current housing market trends along with what’s hot in design and decorating style demand.

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Celebrating the Nouns of Southern Living

Celebrating the nouns of Southern living comes quite easy to me.  Remember back during the holidays when I shared with y’all about receiving a surprise gift from my nephew and niece-in-law, Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture?


I finally found time over this past weekend to sit down with a glass of sweet tea rimmed in fresh mint and take in some southern exposure.

Derby-hats-pink-blackGetting down and Derby in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby is a Southern socializing-first weekend in May tradition.


As horseshoe good luck would have it, the floral department at the local grocery store put a slew of red rose bouquets on clearance Friday afternoon just in time for Derby Saturday.

I love when the clearance sale stars align.

boiled-crawfishOur Louisville meets Marksville crawfish boil shakes a dash of south Louisiana into the c’est si bon.

Boiled crawfish with traditional fixin’s thrown into the pot makes for good eating.

Potatoes and corn have never met a crawfish boiling pot they don’t love to be a part of, but don’t stop there.

Back when Dave the Builder was in the corporate world, we would host the annual crawfish boil.

One of Dave’s coworkers introduced our taste buds to a new way of boiling crawfish.

At first I questioned the addition of cabbage, smoked sausage, onions, lemons, whole carrots, mushrooms, celery stalks, and eggs to the seasoned boil, but quickly became a flavor convert.

The vegetables, sausage, and eggs boil to perfection in the seasoned water, picking up the unmistakable taste of the South.bottle-crawfish

I’ll say this about celebrating the nouns of Southern living- you learn and taste something new at every event, festival, and boil.


Southern Living

Blue and white is the classic color palette of choice of many Southern decoristas.

It is seen in the hydrangeas we plant, the china patterns we place upon the Southern dinner table, and the porcelain pretties we decorate house and home with.

Dolly Parton Southern Living

Going up to the mountains (my Tennessee family calls all of Sevier County including Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg “the mountains”) is part of the landscape when we go home to East Tennessee.

I fondly remember the days of family style meals served at Trotter’s restaurant, wild wild west afternoons spent at Goldrush Junction, and the stories of Dolly performing on the Cas Walker radio show.   

A proud daughter of Sevier County who has never forgotten the region, the town, and the county she calls home, Dolly Parton was recently awarded the FBI 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for the work done to raise money for those affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016.

For this, the music, the voice, and the local love, we will always love you, Dolly.

Southern exposure

Antoine’s is Louisiana restaurant royalty-a French Quarter icon.

How gorgeous is this facade?

Antoines-restaurantAntoine’s Restaurant

Southern chefs

From pan to page, southern chefs and southern writers craft a delicious, unique, and enduring story.

Southern writers Southern Living

Summer suppers give a Southerner yet another reason to host a get together, not that we need one.

summer suppers

I’m seriously contemplating changing my rule of KISS- keep it summer simple to KISSED- keep it summer southern entertaining delightful.

Field Pea-Tomato Salad With Lemon VinaigretteField Pea-Tomato Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

We celebrate everything summer from a good crop of garden tomatoes to  a barbecue on the bricks music festival.

soul of true barbecue

Courtyards, patios, and porches replete in lush greens fashion and shade southern exposure.

lawn gate Southern Living

Chicken coops are a thing in the South.

People go nuts for these chic henhouses.

Planning, constructing, and styling is serious business, and rival that of the south’s most phenomenal architectural wonders.

chicken coop Southern Living

Distinctive, indelible, delicious, gracious, hospitable, and charming customs, styles, and traditions influence, define, exemplify, and celebrate the nouns of southern living.

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